New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch, who appeared at the IndyCar announcement, was every bit as adept in sidestepping questions about what the state might do to keep both Cup dates.
"I want the race weekend to be successful," Lynch said, when asked about the state perhaps stepping in in lieu of the local authorities. "And as I said before, I want New Hampshire to be Mr. Smith's favorite venue for racing. And I'll do everything I can to make sure that happens."
But the clock is ticking. Smith had preliminary meetings with NASCAR president Mike Helton and senior vice president of racing operations Steve O'Donnell on Saturday at the racetrack. A follow-up phone call was on the docket for Monday afternoon.
New Hampshire may well be running out of time, and Smith's strengthened synergy with the IndyCar Series is a source of additional leverage for his Speedway Motorsports Inc., which will host as many as five IndyCar races at its venues next year.
As Gappens likes to say facetiously, there's Light Speed and there's Bruton Speed—the implication being that, when Smith determines a course of action, Smith moves faster.
On a local and state level, things just may not be moving fast enough to save one of the two Cup races at New Hampshire.